Shopping in Charleston, SC: Best Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Charleston, SC: Best Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift Stores

Several years ago, I visited Charleston, SC to explore their “secondhand scene” – the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores that I could find. I published the post and sadly didn’t return for several years. But, that all changed a few weeks ago when I had the chance to visit again! Read more ›

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

I always have to stroll down the cabinet door aisle when I’m in Habitat ReStore. And usually, I can resist grabbing anything from the pile of usually-plain doors. But on this particular day, there was a bevy of intriguing blue and white doors for the taking. They had a very nautical feel to me and I decided to make a sea pub sign or pirate decor that would be perfect for nautical wall decor.Read more ›

Starfish Decor from a Christmas Tree Topper

Starfish Decor from a Christmas Tree Topper

While working on my recent Thrift the Look: Beach Cottage blog post, one of the most challenging elements to find was a large starfish. I didn’t want to buy a real/dried one from a craft store, so upcycling was my best bet. But I needed something to act as starfish decor, one way or another.Read more ›

35+ Food Waste Solutions for Food Scraps and Kitchen Waste

35+ Food Waste Solutions for Food Scraps and Kitchen Waste

I almost exclusively blog about upcycling and/or buying secondhand. But, I yearn to expand my knowledge of related ways to be a smart consumer and reduce waste. Mindful consuming, upcycling / secondhand shopping, and looking for ways to reduce waste all fall under the same umbrella. And every time I hear about how much food is wasted in the USA (and elsewhere, I’m sure), I just feel so discouraged. So, I thought it would be beneficial if I did some research into food waste solutions for my own kitchen.Read more ›

Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

My “Thrift the Look” blog hop challenges are one of my favorite things to do. And this time around, the theme is Cottage Decor. I took it a step further and decided to recreate the decor style for a beach cottage or coastal cottage.Read more ›

Making a Password Book / Password Organizer with an Address Book

Making a Password Book / Password Organizer with an Address Book

Here we go again with another upcycling idea of mine that maybe doesn’t warrant a blog post – but I’m doing one anyway! There I was in my in-laws’ rental cabin and my mother-in-law mentioned that she needed a password organizer from an office supply store. I didn’t actually realize that a password book or password logbook was a “thing”, to be perfectly honest.Read more ›

Decorative Garden Stones from Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

Decorative Garden Stones from Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

Years ago, I made a mosaic stepping stone that featured an outdoor key hider underneath it. More recently, I had a hankering to try playing with concrete once again. But this time, I decided to use some jelly moulds or copper molds from the thrift store to make decorative garden stones.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

One of the more recent home decor trends that I never get tired of is Industrial Decor. Not only do I love the rustic, almost masculine feel to the elements (reclaimed wood, metal, worn leather), but if you think about it, industrial home decor is a product of upcycling. But upcycling on a grander scale. Once developers started repurposing old factories and mills into loft-style apartments, artisan workshops, and commercial space, people were drawn to that industrial look. Read more ›

Matching a Jewelry Music Box to an Antique Dresser

Matching a Jewelry Music Box to an Antique Dresser

Whenever I find a jewelry music box on my thrifting adventures, I get excited. I love listening to the plinky sounds from the music box (if it still works) and trying to “Name that Tune”! So, when I found this little music jewelry box on the Goodwill shelves, I was immediately smitten.Read more ›

Secondhand Slim Down – Losing the First Five Pounds

Secondhand Slim Down – Losing the First Five Pounds

I know it’s been several weeks since I last checked in on my weight loss journey and secondhand slim down. The honest truth? I didn’t have much to report! I haven’t fallen off the gym wagon at all, but progress has been slow. However, I’ve officially lost 5 pounds which seemed like the perfect benchmark to blog about!Read more ›